Wisdom: Confucius


By three methods we may learn wisdom:
First, by reflection, which is noblest;
Second, by imitation, which is easiest;
And third by experience, which is the bitterest.

Confucius 551-479 BC

The illustrati0n is Confucius, gouache on paper (The Granger Collection, New York) c.1770 via Wikimedia

It is amusing (if you share my possibly warped sense of humour) to see that the artist has depicted Confucius missing his front teeth. One might almost think that one of his readers was so irritated at constantly being showered with good advice that he knocked them out.

About layanglicana

Author of books on Calcutta, Delhi and Dar es Salaam, I am now blogging as a lay person about the Church of England and the Anglican Communion. I am also blogging about the effects of World War One on the village of St Mary Bourne, Hampshire.
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2 Responses to Wisdom: Confucius

  1. Through my experience, I have been trying to reflect on times when I felt I was on a better path. I have also been looking to others to imitate some of their behaviors until I can once again find my own. I do know one thing. Before enlightenment I will chop wood and carry water and after enlightenment, I will chop wood and carry water. I’m really looking forward to chopping wood and carrying water.

    Thanks for the opportunity to think about my life in a different perspective and see some of my circles.

  2. Manish says:

    Truly amazing words by Confucius. Thank you for posting them.

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